Our staff Loves yOur KIds

There’s a distinct energy that courses through our camps. It’s called joy. And it originates from our insanely dedicated staff.

A camp is only as good as its staff. Our meticulous screening process guarantees your kids spend their summer with the best. Many of our staffers are professional teachers or educators. All of them are passionate about nurturing and inspiring your kids. These talented, dedicated individuals greet your kids with off-the-charts levels of enthusiasm every morning (you may have to see it to believe it) and keep them excited, engaged and primed for new experiences all day long. We also have one of the lowest camper-to-staff ratios around, ensuring all of our campers have the support they need to take on new challenges and explore their boldest ideas.   

Let us introduce you to a few of them.

Amir Sberlo

Amir has Galileo in his blood. When he started working at camp in Belmont seven years ago, he was one of four Sberlo siblings on staff. Now a second grade teaching assistant and Camp G Redwood City camp director, Amir considers trying new things, working hard and failing along the way a fundamental part of his life—and his teaching philosophy: "I make sure that I allow myself to fail for my own personal growth, as well as to set an example for the kids I work with," he explains. "When they see that I make mistakes and can be happy about it, it becomes a part of their process."  Both professionally and personally—whether he's teaching, camp directing, playing music, or chipping away at a monster jigsaw puzzle—Amir strives to stay determined and hardworking. "Having that mindset myself allows me to instill those values in the kids I work with every day," he says. And it all happens one marvelous mistake at a time.

Lia Shepherd

Lia is a six-year Galilean who's spent the last three years leading the team at GSQ Fremont. During the school year, she works with struggling middle schoolers to get them back on the right academic track. From camp to the classroom, Lia lives by, learns from and celebrates mistakes. "I enjoy the opportunity to celebrate my ideas (mistakes included) and come up with ways to make them better," she says. "I wear my mistakes proudly to teach others the importance of learning from every step." Lia strives to make a difference in kids' minds and hearts, and uses what she's learned at Galileo to do it. "I truly enjoy the GIA (Galileo Innovation Approach) because it not only teaches you to embrace mistakes," she explains, "but it challenges you to go back and try again." And through that trying and testing and trying again, incredible innovations are born—one marvelous mistake at a time.

Raven Ebner

A true renaissance woman, raven is Galileo to the core. She earned two degrees from University of Arizona—one in ecology & evolutionary biology, and another in philosophy. She also paints, does graphic design, makes jewelry, designs clothes and costumes, choreographs dance and performs on the stage. During the summer, she’s lead instructor in our painting studio—and unofficial sign painter—at Galileo Summer Quest.

Lily deSaussure

After ten years of developing curriculum and creating art with campers at Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest, Lily is thrilled to return for her third year as Camp Director. Lily has loved working with children and young adults since her first teaching job in high school. Recently she taught fine arts at several colleges in the Washington, DC, area. She earned a BFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts and the University of San Francisco and an MFA from American University. During the school year, she maintains a studio practice in New York and recruits Galileo summer staff. In 2015, she attended an artist residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.